When it comes to the evolution of Kate Upton, we know we're starting to sound like a broken record: Kate has finally ditched her bikinis, is ascending high fashion's ranks, has landed a Vogue spread here, a CR Fashion Book cover there, yadda yadda yadda.

But the latest development on the Kate Upton front is actually worth noting: the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model has finally scored a Vogue cover! It's for Vogue Italia, but still: we wondered aloud whether Upton would ever graduate from a mere photo shoot subject to a true cover girl for the world's most important fashion magazine... and now it seems it's finally happened.

The sumptuous cover for Vogue Italia's November 2012 issue was lensed by Steven Meisel, who also shot Kate's recent Vogue US spread. The spread unabashedly channels Upton's bombshell status, with a sheepskin Fendi coat, a patent leather bustier by Patricia Field, Kenneth Jay Lane jewels, big blonde hair and cleavage galore. In case you were still confused, the cover line reads, "SEDUCTIVE." Subtle it's not.

But hey, a Vogue Italia cover is a Vogue Italia cover! And it may mean Upton is one step closer to the most coveted cover of all: Anna Wintour's Vogue. Do you think Upton's got what it takes?

Head to Vogue.it to read more about the cover shoot.

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  • Vogue US, June 2013

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  • Harper's Bazaar, April 2013

  • Vogue UK, January 2013

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  • Vogue Italia, November 2012

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  • Vogue, November 2012

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  • CR Fashion Book, Fall 2012

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  • Interview Russia, July 2012

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  • GQ, July 2012

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  • July 2012

    20 year-old Kate Upton denies rumors that she was drinking alcohol at a Detroit Tigers baseball game (TMZ Photo)

  • Vogue, July 2012

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  • June 2012

    "The Many Talents Of Kate Upton" presented by GQ and shot by Terry Richardson (Youtube)

  • May 2012

    Kate Upton at amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS (Getty photo)

  • May 2012

    "Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Getty photo)

  • May 2012

    Cannes Film Festival (Getty photo)

  • April 2012

    Bloomberg & Vanity Fair Cocktail Reception following the 2012 White House Correspondants' Association Dinner (Getty photo)

  • May 2012

    Kate Upton dances the "Cat Daddy" for Terry Richardson (Youtube)

  • April 2011

    Kate Upton's famous Youtube video where she dances the "Dougie" at a Los Angeles Clippers game (Youtube)

  • Sports Illustrated, March 2012

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  • Esquire, March 2012

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  • Carl's Junior, February 2012

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  • Beach Bunny 2012

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  • Remix, August 2011

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  • Guess S/S 2011

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  • Victoria Secret Spring 2011

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  • Esquire Mexico, March 2012

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